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Choosing the LeaderLeadership Elections in the U.S. House of Representatives$
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Matthew N Green and Douglas Harris

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780300222579

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: September 2019

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300222579.001.0001

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(p.158) Six Revolts
Choosing the Leader

Matthew N. Green

Douglas B. Harris

Yale University Press

This chapter considers intraparty revolts: races in which an incumbent is challenged in his bid to keep his leadership post. Although such races are uncommon and seldom successful, they often reveal important divisions within the congressional party and can be a harbinger of future changes to party leadership. Cases examined in this chapter include three Republicans who ran against Majority Leader Dick Armey (R-TX) in 1998, Gerald Ford's (R-MI) successful challenge against minority leader Charlie Halleck (R-IN) in 1965, Morris Udall's effort to defeat incumbent Speaker John McCormack in 1969, and intraparty votes cast on the floor against John Boehner for Speaker of the House in 2013.

Keywords:   political parties, interparty revolt, Republicans, Dick Armey, Gerald Ford, Charlie Halleck, Moral Udall, John McCormack, John Boehner

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